Please bring one personal experience in which you were true to yourself, that you are willing to share with the group as we participate in a Socratic Dialogue.
(Personal note: Dr. Hole is an EXCELLENT TEACHER assuring this will be an engaging experience!)
SOCRATIC DIALOGUE WORKSHOP; On Being True to Yourself, led by George T. Hole, Ph.D., SUNY Distinguished Teaching Professor Buffalo State College
Time: March 15,[masked] – 2:00 PM (light lunch provided)
Members $20 / Non-Members $30 / Students $15
In Plato's Dialogues--one of the most accessible and most profound writings in philosophy and Western literature--we meet Socrates, a master of inquiry into what matters. Socrates asked prominent citizens in Athens questions about the nature of ideals like justice, love and piety. Perhaps he might have reflected on what it meant to be true to oneself. Socrates’ method--reformulated in this seminar-- aims at gaining insights and practical wisdom in the art of living well.
The purpose of our Socratic dialogue is to gain practice in reflecting on what is common and unique in your experience and other’s. The emphasis is on the positive side of the Socratic ideal, to get closer to an examined life in the sense of a clearer and more intimate way of knowing about the way we live in our world. The purpose is not academic, to know more about Socrates or other philosophers. The purpose is not to imitate Socrates. He had some bad habits, like being arrogant and, perhaps, even sadistic. We will do well in caring forth his passion for inquiry with ourselves and others. Accordingly, we may realize as Socrates did, it is a rare and fine fortune to spent time with philosophical friends in the pursuit of living wisdom.
Please bring one personal experience in which you were true to yourself, that you are willing to share with the group as we participate in a Socratic Dialogue. In a Socratic-Dialogue workshop you will have dual roles. You will play the part of Socrates, asking questions; and, you will also be the dialogue-respondent, answering others’ questions. You do not need any special philosophical training; just your curiosity and experience. The dialogue is not a debate or an argument in which there are winners and losers. Socrates inquired because he knew that he did not know. He had a strong desire to know vital truths and this desire to know this was his sole claim to wisdom. Dr. Hole graduated with a B.A. in Physics at the University of Rochester, and returned to complete a Ph.D. in Philosophy. He was inducted into the UR Sports Hall of Fame for records in football and track. He was promoted to the rank of SUNY Distinguished Teaching Professor. His non-philosophy interests include mathematics, poetry and racquetball.
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